Ramon Sessions (born April 11, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played three years of college basketball for Nevada, earning WAC All-Newcomer Team as a freshman and Second-team All-WAC as a junior. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 56th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft and has since been an NBA journeyman, spending time with eights teams over 10 years.

High school and college career

Sessions was named South Carolina 3A State Player of the Year three times while attending Myrtle Beach High School. He led his team to the 3A State Championship as a sophomore. [25]

Sessions played three seasons at Nevada between 2004 and 2007, earning career averages of 8.8 points, 4.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds. He ranks second in school history in assists (478) and ninth in steals (113). He set a school freshman record with 166 assists and was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team. As a junior in 2006–07, he earned Second Team All-WAC honors and was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award. [25]

Professional career

Milwaukee Bucks (2007–2009)

On June 28, 2007, Sessions was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 56th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft. On November 8, 2007, he was assigned to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. He earned two D-League Performer of the Week recognitions [26] [27] before being recalled by the Bucks on February 1, 2008. [28] He missed games from February 2–23 due to a left hand fracture. [25] He made his NBA debut on March 9, 2008, recording two points, two assists and one steal in just over four minutes off the bench in a 119–97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. [29] [30]

Sessions scored in double figures five times to finish the 2007–08 season, including two games of 20 points or more, and handed out double-figure assists six times, tallying three double-doubles. He scored 20 points and handed out a career-high and Bucks franchise record 24 assists on April 14 against the Chicago Bulls, becoming the first player in team history to record 20 points and 20 assists in the same game. His 24 assists was the third-highest single-game total by a rookie in NBA history. He went on to score a season-high 25 points with 14 assists on April 16 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He handed out double-figure assists in five straight games to end the season and was subsequently named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April. [25] [31]

In 2008–09, Sessions scored in double figures 53 times, including 12 games with 20 points or more and one game with 40 points or more. He handed out double-figure assists 10 times, grabbed double-figure rebounds once, tallied nine double-doubles, and had one triple-double. He scored a career-high 44 points and handed out 12 assists on February 7 against the Detroit Pistons, setting career highs of 13 field goals, 18 free throws and 21 free-throw attempts. Four days later, he had 15 points and a season-high 17 assists against the Indiana Pacers. He recorded his lone career triple-double with 16 points, 16 assists and a career-high 10 rebounds on April 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers. He led the Bucks in scoring nine times, in assists 43 times and in steals 20 times. [25]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2009–2010)

After the 2008–09 season, Sessions became a restricted free agent. On September 4, 2009, he received a four-year, $16 million offer sheet from the Minnesota Timberwolves. [32] The Bucks declined to match the offer and Sessions signed with the Timberwolves on September 14. [33] [12] In 2009–10, he appeared in all 82 games (one start) for the Timberwolves, averaging 8.2 points, 3.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 21.1 minutes. He scored in double figures 31 times, including two games with 20 points or more. He scored a season-high 23 points on November 27 against the Phoenix Suns. [25]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2010–2012)

On July 26, 2010, Sessions was traded, along with Ryan Hollins and a future second-round draft pick, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair. [34]

In 2010–11, Sessions appeared in 81 games (38 starts) for the Cavaliers, averaging a career-high 13.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 26.3 minutes. he scored a career-high 1,075 total points and set career highs in field goal percentage (.466) and free-throw percentage (.823). He recorded four games of 20 points or more and 10 assists or more, all of which came during the month of February, including a season-high 32 points off the bench on February 16 against the Los Angeles Lakers. [25]

On February 8, 2012, Sessions recorded a season-high 24 points and 13 assists in the Cavaliers' 99–92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. [35] Two days later, he had a season-high 16 assists in a 113–112 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. [36]

Los Angeles Lakers (2012)

On March 15, 2012, Sessions was traded, along with Christian Eyenga, to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, a protected 2012 first-round draft pick, and other considerations. [5] On April 1, 2012, he had a season-best game as a Laker, scoring 23 points to go with nine assists in a 120–112 win over the Golden State Warriors. [37] He played in 12 playoff games for the Lakers, averaging 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 31.7 minutes. [25]

Charlotte Bobcats (2012–2014)

On July 13, 2012, Sessions signed with the Charlotte Bobcats. [38] He appeared in 61 games for the Bobcats in 2012–13, averaging a career-high 14.4 points, 3.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 27.1 minutes. He ranked 11th in the NBA in fast break points, and scored in double figures in the first 12 games of the season, recording the second-longest double-figure scoring streak by a player to start his Bobcats career. He scored a season-high 27 points on January 23 against the Atlanta Hawks. [25]

Second stint with Milwaukee (2014)

On February 20, 2014, Sessions was traded, along with Jeff Adrien, to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour. [23] On March 1 against the Brooklyn Nets, Sessions went a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line, marking the seventh time in his career he'd been perfect with 10+ free throw attempts. [25] He made his first start for the Bucks on March 24 against the Los Angeles Clippers and scored a season-high 28 points (13 FGM tied career high) and grabbed a season-high six rebounds. [25]

Sacramento Kings (2014–2015)

On September 22, 2014, Sessions signed with the Sacramento Kings. [17]

Washington Wizards (2015–2016)

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Sessions with the Bobcats in March 2013, being defended by Keith Bogans.

On February 19, 2015, Sessions was traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Andre Miller. [18]

Second stint with Charlotte (2016–2017)

On July 7, 2016, Sessions signed with the Charlotte Hornets, returning to the franchise for a second stint. [26] He appeared in the team's first 50 games of the season before missing the final 32 games with a left knee injury. [26] [26] [26]

New York Knicks (2017–present)

On August 8, 2017, Sessions signed with the New York Knicks. [26]

NBA career statistics

Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Milwaukee 17 7 26.5 .436 .429 .780 3.4 7.5 1.0 .2 8.1
2008–09 Milwaukee 79 38 27.5 .445 .176 .794 3.4 5.7 1.0 .1 12.4
2009–10 Minnesota 82 1 21.1 .456 .067 .717 2.6 3.1 .7 .1 8.2
2010–11 Cleveland 81 38 26.3 .466 .200 .823 3.1 5.2 .7 .1 13.3
2011–12 Cleveland 41 4 24.5 .398 .419 .830 3.1 5.2 .7 .0 10.5
2011–12 L.A. Lakers 23 19 30.5 .479 .486 .713 3.8 6.2 .7 .1 12.7
2012–13 Charlotte 61 0 27.1 .408 .308 .839 2.8 3.8 .8 .1 14.4
2013–14 Charlotte 55 7 23.7 .409 .221 .782 2.1 3.7 .6 .1 10.5
2013–14 Milwaukee 28 12 32.5 .461 .357 .841 3.1 4.8 .6 .1 15.8
2014–15 Sacramento 36 7 17.8 .344 .214 .727 1.9 2.7 .4 .0 5.4
2014–15 Washington 28 3 19.5 .411 .406 .812 2.7 3.1 .6 .0 7.4
2015–16 Washington 82 5 20.3 .473 .324 .756 2.5 2.9 .6 .1 9.9
2016–17 Charlotte 50 1 16.2 .380 .339 .771 1.5 2.6 .5 .1 6.2
Career 663 143 23.7 .436 .316 .792 2.7 4.1 .7 .1 10.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 L.A. Lakers 12 12 31.7 .377 .160 .743 3.0 3.6 .3 .1 9.7
2015 Washington 10 3 21.8 .371 .400 .684 2.4 2.3 .4 .1 7.5
Career 22 15 27.2 .375 .280 .722 2.7 3.0 .4 .1 8.7

See also